New Series

During his Controller session at the Media Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival today, Zai Bennett, Controller, BBC Three, announced a wealth of new commissions for the channel, including a season of programmes around the subject of birth, as well as new comedy, entertainment and drama series.

BBC Three is currently the MGEITF’s Digital Channel of the Year and is nominated again this year.

Zai said: “At BBC Three we’re never afraid to try new things and we’re the only channel that brings such a rich and diverse offering specifically to young audiences in the UK. Continue reading »

Zai Bennett, Controller, BBC Three, today announced a raft of new factual, current affairs, comedy and entertainment commissions on the channel for the autumn season and beyond.

Zai said: “We’re experiencing an historic moment on BBC Three right now – transmitting all hours to co-host the biggest sporting event on earth. With this raft of new commissions, alongside all the fantastic new shows which are launching straight off the back of the Olympics, viewers will see what a rich, diverse, surprising and engaging channel BBC Three is. It’s no accident that we’re currently digital channel of the year and won two Baftas this year and these engaging new shows will build on this success.” Continue reading »

Get Well Soon is an innovative and fun factual entertainment show made by Kindle Entertainment, while Mr Bloom’s Nursery: Get Set, Grow! and I Can Cook – On The Go are adaptations of the current popular CBeebies series’ Mr Bloom’s Nursery and I Can Cook.

Controller Kay Benbow today announced three new series for CBeebies.All three new commissions will film in a number of locations around the country. Continue reading »

Iconic 1990 gangster movie Goodfellas may soon be made into a TV series.

Deadline is reporting that the Martin Scorsese movie, which starred Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, may be remade for television.

Warner Bros TV is the frontrunner to produce the series with Nicholas Pileggi, the screenwriter for the original movie, expected to write the script for the pilot.

There is no word whether Martin Scorsese will be involved in the project.

Source: Digital Spy

 

The One Show performing well

The new-look One Show has continued to perform well on BBC One with an audience of 4.29 million on Monday night. The magazine programme, hosted by Alex Jones and Jason Manford is only down a meagre 250k week-on-week.

Doctor Who video games launched

A Doctor Who video game is set to be launched on Nintendo DS called Doctor Who: Evacuation Earth and Wii called Doctor Who: Return To Earth. The games are aimed to be family focussed and centre around the Daleks and the Cybermen.

Spielberg planning comic book series

Steven Spielberg is to team up with Star Trek producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci to develop a TV series around the comic book Locke and Key. The story centres around the Locke children as they attempt to recover from the murder of their father.

Hurt Locker TV series on the way

American network G4 is developing a new reality show inspired by the Oscar-winning film The Hurt Locker. The ten-episode series entitled Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan will follow a US Navy unit as they go about their lives in the war zone.

 

SKY1 has abandoned plans to remake classic sci-fi series Blake’s 7 after announcing back in 2008 it was going ahead.

Sky bought the rights off BBC for the series which it planned to remake as part of a commitment to producing more British drama for the channel.

A Sky spokeswoman said: “Following the development process we have decided not to produce Blake’s 7. However, Sky continues to invest heavily in original drama and it remains at the heart of our plans.

“We have just announced an extended run for the second series of Chris Ryan’s Strike Back and we’ll soon be unveiling a new long-running series for primetime.”

The Blake’s 7 remake was announced while former Sky1 controller Richard Woolfe was at the helm but now with Stuart Murphy in charge, the emphasis has been place don “warmer” scripted shows.

Source: Digital Spy

 

From the makers of Pineapple Dance Studios comes a brand new genre of television – a documentary/comedy hybrid which tackles the wonderful world of man’s best friend, from the dogs themselves to the humans who are mad for mutts. Celia Taylor, Head of Factual and Features, has greenlit the 8 x 60” series for transmission on Sky 1 HD and Sky 1 this autumn.

The brains behind Sky 1 HD’s runaway success of 2010 are turning their attention from prima donnas to prima pooches.

The brand new observational documentary series is set to feature everything from dog grooming salons to dog day care centres, dog whisperers to dog agility competitions where cameras will follow both the people who work there and those who bring their dogs in.

Viewers will get to know the salon owners, the canine couturiers and the owners – but the stars of this show will be the dogs themselves for one simple reason: All the dogs will talk to each other.

Scripted and voiced by up-and-coming comedians, the dogs’ personalities will be set against that of their owners’ and will include characters such as the Russian billionaire’s ‘mafia’ Blood Hound, a city-boy’s posh Cocker Spaniel, a builder’s camp Pit Bull and a therapist’s neurotic Poodle.

Celia Taylor, Commissioning Editor, Factual and Features, Sky 1 HD, Sky1, 2 and 3 commented: ““As a nation of dog obsessives this series will be a funny, woof-tastic treat for us all. It’s exciting and brilliant to keep pushing the boundaries of observational documentary making for Sky 1 HD and I hope that people love it as much as they did Pineapple Dance Studios.”

Jonathan Stadlen, Creative Director, Pulse, says: “Mixing the conventions of straight ob‐doc with ‘ob‐dog’ comedy, this is Best In Show meets Look Who’s Talking with the stylistic sensibility of Pineapple Dance Studios. We’re delighted that Sky1 HD has given us the creative freedom to turn our attention from prima donnas to prima pooches.”

Dogumentary is executive produced for Pulse Films by Jonathan Stadlen, Series Directed by Hannah Springham and Series Produced by Tamsin Dodgson. It was commissioned by Celia Taylor for Sky1 HD and Sky1.

 

The preliminary casting phase has begun for a new reality TV show centring on the world of blogging.

Producers for the series entitled ‘Project Mom Casting’ are seeking out female bloggers for the show which is still in the early stages.

Producer Leane Vanderman believes that all the right ingredients are already there in the blogging community for a good reality show – tension, drama, feel good stories, conflict and resolution, big personalities and humour.

Of course the show will not be simply a bunch of bloggers sitting around a computer screen. Vanderman and co. plan on utilising an original reality format which doesn’t require the participants to even be in the same city.

The format will depend on the characters and storylines they receive during the open casting call.

Vanderman describes the open casting call as a fishing expedition.

“This is step one of the journey. It’s a long road but a huge step.

“I am trying to return with footage and with interviews and stories that give a glimpse of the [blogging] community.”

She says the aim of the process is finding the right people and crafting a storyline around them in order to engage women outside of the blogging world.

“This isn’t just for mummy bloggers to get a peek into the greatness of their community. This has to be broad enough and interesting enough that mums without blogs will watch.”

Check out the show’s Facebook page for info.

Source: ShePosts

British actress and model Liz Hurley is inviting cameras onto her farm in the country for a new reality series centring on her and her husband.

Hurley’s image is mostly that of the glitzy glamour model and part time actress but the show will present the other side of the 45-year-old, that of the organic farmer.

The series, shot for Living TV, will document Hurley and husband Arun Nayar as they go about their lives as organic meat suppliers on their farm in Gloucestershire.

“People tend to view her as this glamorous girl about town who spends all her time sitting on velvet cushions and drinking champagne with the stars. But the reality is she’s actually a bit of a down-to-earth country girl,” a source told The Sun.

“This show will be both a great insight into Liz Hurley’s busy life and the work she and Arun do on the farm.”

The show will begin shooting later this year.

Source: The Age

 

A lack of celebrity guests jumping at the chance to appear on Jedward’s upcoming ITV2 series is causing a problem for the show’s producers.

The Sun is reporting that ITV2 have been forced to offer cash to celebrities in order for them to appear on the new reality series as friends of the twins because they don’t have any on their own.

A source has said: “The idea is to show how they are living the celeb lifestyle so obviously we need a few celebs in there. I’m not sure we can afford to get Bono or any of the U2 boys but maybe there’s a spare member of the Corrs twiddling their thumbs this weekend.”

A house-warming party has been planned by producers of the show in order to encourage stars to attend.

Source: Digital Spy

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